How I got my D-Number, tax card and bank account (+BankID)

In order to live, work and be a functional member of Norwegian society, you’re going to need all of these things! There are countless resources available which tell you how to get your D number and so forth, but here’s my experience!

(Please note that this information is accurate as of 25/02/2017, and is not intended to be a complete “how-to” guide. Do your research before you come over here! This is also only relevant if you come from a country already within the EU/EEA).

1. Getting registered with the police

Police Registration Certificate

Even before landing in Norway, I felt it was important to get my registration certificate from the police. You can book the appointment with the police before you move to Norway. I simply visited the UDI website ( and followed the instructions on the screen.
When I applied, I managed to get an appointment in about three weeks into the future, but your results my vary depending on where you are! It’s best to get this done as soon as possible.

Before your meeting with the police, ensure you have your passport and an employment contract. The meeting itself only took around 15 minutes, but again this could depend! Maybe I got really lucky.

The police will then issue you with a registration certificate, which basically states that you have the right to live in Norway for as long as you fit the criteria under the Immigration Act.

It is vitally important you register as soon as feasibly possible!

2. Visit Skatteetaten

The lovely police woman at the office told me to immediately go to Skatteetaten (the tax office) to register for my tax card / D number. Your D / ID number is similar to a social security number, and is vital for opening a bank account and getting paid. You need this! 

The tax office in Hamar

For me this was a walk in service, but to avoid being “that guy”, it’s advisable that you fill out the forms (RF1209 – found here). As my contract for work has a 6 month probation period, I also filled out the RF1401e form (found here), however the gentleman at the tax office said that this would not be necessary until I passed my probation. Not sure how accurate this information is, but I believe the logic behind this is that you can then subsequently submit the RF1401e form once the probation has passed. I’ll check up on this.

Anyway, backtracking slightly, I went to the tax office with all the documentation I had from the police station, including my shiny new registration certificate. There’s a touch screen thing that I almost forgot to press, which gave me my “waiting number”.

Once my number was called, it was just a case of explaining briefly my situation, handing them the forms, the certificate, and my passport and that was it! The chap took copies of my documents and informed me of the waiting time for the tax card / D-number, in this case I was told six weeks.

3. The (not so) long wait

Six weeks felt like a long time for me. For the first week I was cursing Norwegian bureaucracy, but two weeks later and a casual glance at my postbox and, sitting among all the adverts for Kiwi and Jula was my D-Number letter.

Confirmation of D-Number

A day later and a separate letter from Skatteetaten confirmed that my tax card had been set up. The tax letter basically outlines the rate in which you’ll be taxed, according to the information I provided on the form.

I silently apologized to Skatteetaten and vowed never to doubt them again.

It’s worth noting that it’s not like the UK where you work on a PAYE basis. Any changes in situation must be told to the tax office, including change of address, salary and so forth.

As far as I understand, you also get a tax form at the end of the financial year (April), in which you can outline and review your tax year, make adjustments and apply for any tax deductions.

Now since I was now holding onto a D number, the true fun began!

 4. Banks

In my eyes, getting a bank account seemed like the finishing line, the final hurdle on my paperwork adventure.

My first attempt was to head off to DNB (The largest bank in Norway), who were all too happy for me to open a bank account, however the wait time was going to be another potential six weeks.

I really didn’t fancy waiting another 6 weeks, and it was getting close to pay day, which would have been difficult if I didn’t have a bank account. So at this point I started hunting down different bank organisations, inquiring as to their lead times for bank accounts. Fortunately for me, Sparebanken 1 delivered in triumph.

It was a simple case of heading off down to their branch and handing over my D-Number, registration certificate, passport and a copy of their new customer form. I was dreading a week lead time, however the lovely lady at the desk told me to come back in two days and my account would be ready.

A quick trip from my office to their headquarters and low and behold my bank account and BankID was ready! The actual physical card and pin code takes a slight bit longer to deliver, but knowing that I can be paid was a fantastic feeling.


BankID is also an extremely useful thing to have in Norway. For the unfamiliar, BankID is an authentication system that generates a random number, providing an extra layer of authentication for when you login to bank account systems, government services and many more!

5. Altinn

The truly final piece of the puzzle for now was registering on Altinn, a government portal that allows you to do tax things online. All I had to do was simply use my BankID and register, and hey presto!


The whole process of getting “legal” and “registered” was a surprisingly easy process. With a bit of prior research, and a couple of forms later, I was easily able to set up everything I need to live and enjoy Norway to its fullest.

Again, I can’t stress enough that you should do a lot of prior research before going through the entire process. What worked for me might not work for you, and I may have done it in completely the wrong order. The time frames I experienced from landing in Norway to bank account in 4 weeks might also not be feasible in different cities or counties, so take these estimates with a pinch of salt.

However, if you have any questions about the registration process, please feel free to contact me via this blog or on twitter. Happy to help!




2 thoughts on “How I got my D-Number, tax card and bank account (+BankID)

  1. Hi! I am moving without a job but I read I have 6 months to find one and I would get the Dnummer in the meantime. Do I register at the police without a job?

    1. Hello! Yes, I believe you must register. In order to get your dnumber you need to register at the police, I don’t think they care if you have a job or not. Last time I remembered, they just took my passport information.

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